A warm long hot shower at the end of a looong day is just a little piece of heaven! Amen to hot water and proper pressure! It’s the little things.
Ahhhh – the bed. Probably the most important thing you would need to buy for your flat is the bed. It’s where you rejuvenate, sleep, relax, and… uhm… do.. other things *ahem*.. Anyway, I think we can all agree its something you should probably invest in slightly. I mean who’s favourite part of the day isn’t snuggling up under a nice duvet in a plush bed? But who said a bed has to stop there?
When we accepted our flat we knew it was going to be unfurnished and thats exactly what we wanted. Because for once we didn’t want to live in a place where every single piece of furniture looked like it came out of about 90 different studens’ uni years. Also, I was definitely aware of the serious storage issues we would face and knew when we moved in I would have to be smart about things. I would say I spent a good 3 weeks trying to find good beds that made sense, looked alright, felt comfy, but at the same time was multi-functional! i.e. it REALLY needed to be more than just a bed. Thats when operation hide-all-the-crap started.
The first thing we had to agree on together collectively was the size of the bed. We both compromised and knew we couldn’t get a king size (well we could have, but then that would be our bedroom… one massive mattress..) and settled for double. But because of this we also agreed that we wouldn’t buy the most expensive double bed we could get as one day we would want to upgrade. So, the frugal obsesssive research began.
I quickly came to realise I wanted to try out a memory foam mattress as my sister and her hubs recently got one and I read up on so many great benefits of having one. Some of which include better sleep, less back pain, more allergy friendly, and most importantly for us was the fact that if one person moved on the bed, the other person wouldn’t bounce around and feel it! If you’re anything like me then memory foam mattresses are great! I sleep like a drunken star fish. I flop around and take over massive amounts of space. Then adding to that the fact I still to this day have not learned to not drink loads of water before bed, makes me need to pee in the middle of the night. This used to wake the hubs up, but ta-dah not anymore! Plus when you have a big bulky muscleman sleeping next to you on a normal bed, the second they move, the drunken star fish bounces up on the other side of the bed and wakes up. A foam mattress actually stops that almost 100%. In regards to the mattress, you can find TONS of different variations, but what we went for was a medium Halo Memory 250 Mattress with Pillows from worldstores. And oh my god do I love it. Both of us moan with happiness when we get to lie in our bed, its that amazing! Once you get the mattress though you just have to let it rise (along with the pillows) for a good 24 hours before using it as they come vacuum packed. It’s also a bit factory stinky at first, but that goes away quite fast. However, a mattress is a mattress… we still actually need to get to the storage bed. As I said we needed a bed that actually served more than just a place to sleep, it needed to have a function.
I spent that 3 weeks checking GroupOn, online sources, bed stores, etc, for a storage bed. All of them were either quite hideous, hella expensive, or the storage space provided by them was just pointless or completely unmentioned. The problem still remained – we have all those suitcases we HAVE to put somewhere. And my massive one simply doesn’t fit in the other “storage” beds because of the lack of – yup – storage! I wasn’t kidding before when I said we have absolutely no storage space, none, nada, zip. I finally found a deal on worldstores for both the mattress mentioned before, and a Genoa Ottoman Bedstead. At the end we managed to grab the whole set (with pillows!) for less than £332! (Shhh if you buy em together you get an additional discount). Thats less than a double bed and mattress from Ikea! A NORMAL bed et co from Ikea! I was so happy! Not to mention the fact that the customer service I got from worldstores was actually quite great! I asked them loads of questions and measurements about the storage bed before I even went and bought it. The delivery was fast, cheaper than other places, and actually on time (for once!).
The bed was kinda fun setting up with the hubs as we both got to bicker at each-other while trying to figure out how to work the “pump” mechanism. I.e the thing that helps the bed move up. Now, remember the previous post with the huge amounts of luggage and other miscellaneous stuff? Guess where 65% of that all went! Yup, INSIDE the bed! This was and still is an absolute saviour when it comes to hiding all the unused things we have! If you have serious storage issues and have a small flat I really do recommend a storage bed! It works just as well, is just as sturdy, looks great, is cheap, but actually serves more of a function than just a simple frame. Also, I’m all about clear surfaces, probably the Nordic in me. I literally get stressed if I see a mess. So this was perfect for hiding clutter. Out of sight, out of mind! If you need any more information or have any questions about what type of storage bed or mattress to go for, believe me, I am your man. As I have spent more than my fair share staring at hundreds (literally) of different ones as well as trying to find one with the right budget. And what bliss it turned out to be! Clutter be gone and sleep be good! Oh so so good.
This is going to be the very first post on this blog and one I’m really excited about because I get to blab about my favourite subject! Interior design! Ok, plus it’s a fun way to keep my mom in check of whats happening as well . So, as we know, I live in the ever so glamorous London… or not. More like I’m always too broke to do anything and now understand how well off we all had it when we still lived with our parents. I mean I literally feel as though at the end every month I’m excited to finally get that paycheque, only to have half of it fly right out my window and into the hands of another person. But, hey-ho I suppose thats life and like everyone else I just grin and accept thats how things roll in London. At least I have a roof over my head! Have to be happy about that fact.
My whole life I’ve managed to more or less work in the same area, which is design. I studied business and marketing and actually managed good grades, but like any uni student, I quickly figured out I have no idea what on earth I wanna do. But somehow something always drew me back to interiors and everything it comes with really. And this is what I want to share with the world.
I want to bring to others what I obsess over… I mean literally obsess over. I can spend eons fussing over a throw for the couch (and oh my god don’t even get me started on the couch factor!). I struggle with – and I know I simply can’t be the only one out there – serious space issues, storage issues, and lastly budget issues. As much as I’d LOVE to have a credit card that never ceases to have funds in it, reality is, I don’t and every time I want to furnish our new flat out with something I have to go out with a very strict budget in mind before I can even start. Finding stylish, yet affordable (and functionable!) solutions for our wee little flat is a constant up-hill battle for me, and I love it!
Being at a certain age now I’ve really come to terms with what it is I like and how I want my everyday surroundings to make me feel. And this is the journey to that.
The hubs is going to hate me for this, but this was our move in day… no storage what so ever and the bed only came the night before. Mission impossible to get all of our stuff fitted somewhere began. And when I say we had no storage space, I truly and utterly mean it. No attic, no cupboards, no place to hide anything. No place to put a vacuum cleaner into either! Well, now that theres literally a clear picture of where it all began the process of obsessive research can begin 😛